Senate Democrats have linked the Capitol protests anniversary to the necessity to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act as soon as possible. Former Reagan administration official Dr Paul Craig Roberts has weighed up Chuck Schumer’s chances of overhauling the US election system.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced earlier this week that the upper chamber would vote on whether to change the Senate rules on or before 17 January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, if Republicans derail voting rights legislation again. GOP lawmakers have repeatedly blocked the Dem-sponsored voting bills in the evenly split Senate through the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to override in order to advance most legislation in the chamber.
In a letter to his Democratic colleagues, Schumer underscored that the proposed legislation is a response to the Capitol breach, the “big lie” about the allegedly rigged 2020 elections, and new voting restrictions adopted by Republican-led state legislatures across the country.
Why GOP is Sceptical About Dems’ Voting Rights Bills
If Democrats succeed in passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, “voting in America would be pointless”, deems Dr Paul Craig Roberts, a former Wall Street Journal editor and ex-assistant secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan. According to him, new election rules would allow Dems to cheat through unsolicited mail-in and absentee ballots and weaponise illegal immigrant votes to tip the balance in the Democratic Party’s favour.